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Police Looking for Hit and Run Suspect

Police Looking for Hit and Run Suspect

Posted - Jun. 3, 2003 at 9:50 p.m.



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Samantha Hayes reportingA Brighton Point woman was seriously injured over the weekend in a hit and run accident in the Cottonwood Heights area.

She's been upgraded to stable condition at LDS hospital, but there are still unanswered questions.

Linda Watkins and her sister headed out Sunday night just as they do every evening to walk their usual route....the same street, crossing the same intersection they have for 10 years.

JULIE WARDELL/VICTIM'S SISTER: "WE WALK ABOUT 5 TIMES A WEEK, SAME ROUTE, WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS, IT CHANGED OUR LIFE, THAT NIGHT."

The destination, that night, was Memorial Estates Cemetery- a cool evening walk to freshly cut grass

SAMANTHA HAYES/EYEWITNESS NEWS: "LINDA WATKINS AND HER SISTER WERE WALKING THEIR DOG HERE ALONG BENGAL BOULEVARD WHEN THEY STOPPED IN ORDER TO CROSS THE STREET TO GET OVER TO THE CEMETERY. THEY SAW A WHITE JEEP CHEROKEE AND HESITATED TO SEE IF THE CAR WAS GOING TO MOVE."

JULIE WARDELL./SISTER OF VICTIM: "WE GOT TO THE CENTER OF THE STREET AND MY SISTER SAID 'THAT CAR IS GOING TO HIT US.' "

DONALD WATKINS/HUSBAND OF VICTIM: "MY WIFE ENDED UP ON TOP OF THE HOOD, HIT PRETTY DIRECT RIGHT IN THE FRONT TORSO AND SHE BOUNCED UP ON THE HOOD."

TOM SWENSON/WITNESS: "I WAS IN GETTING A DRINK OF WATER AND I HEARD A BANG AND A SCREAM..SO I WALKED OUT AND I SAW THE GIRL LAYING IN THE STREET, ANOTHER LAYING BY HER SIDE AND ANOTHER MAN THERE."

The man was a doctor who ran up to help...the driver of the jeep was no where to be found.

Julie Wardell/Victim's Sister: "I GOT UP AND LOOKED UP AND I COULD SEE THE WHITE JEEP THAT HIT US HEADING UP THE STREET AS FAST AS IT COULD GO AND MY SISTER IN THE ROAD AND WE HAD A DOG WITH US AND THE DOG WAS RUNNING UP THE ROAD."

So after what was supposed to be a nice evening walk...a wife, and a mother, is now trying to recover from a broken pelvis and is bleeding internally.

Family members have a message.

ASHLEY PECK/VICTIM'S DAUGHTER: "I WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM TO HAVE A CONSCIENCE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DID AND TURN YOURSELF IN."

Witnesses describe the vehicle as a New white Jeep Grand Cherokee with tinted windows. It may be traveling with a Red Grand Cherokee.

No one at the scene was able to get a good look at the driver, so the family is urging anyone with information to call the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department.

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